Stone cairns :: building towers with natural materials

Have you ever tried building stone cairns? If you have children who love building towers they’re a fab activity to try – combining natural materials, loose parts, construction play and just a little added dash of wow-factor!

A fun idea to try: building towers using natural materials. Fun balancing challenge.

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Three to Five: Playful Preschool

Three to Five: Playful Preschool is the new ebook from NurtureStore and friends which is packed with creative, hands-on learning ideas. It comes complete with ten super printables and covers art, math, literacy, science, play and more. Read on to download your copy.

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.

Three to Five: Playful Preschool

This ebook is for you if:

– your child is around three-to-five years old, and you are looking for ideas that bring fun and creativity into their learning

– you want your child to explore a broad range subjects, with an emphasis on hands-on play

– you are at home, in a childcare setting, or in a school. The ideas in the ebook are adaptable, with lots of suggestions for ways to extend the learning, and to include slightly younger or older children. The ebook covers a broad range of the early years spectrum, making it excellent as a stand-alone ‘curriculum’, or as a complement to other activities you have planned.

Download all the resources for just $8.99

The ebook, along with all the additional resources, is available for only US$8.99, and you can download it here.

playful preschool activities

The ebook includes contributions from some of my favourite preschool bloggers, including Deborah from Teach Preschool, Allison from No Time For Flash Cards, Kristina from Toddler Approved, Jackie from Happy Hooligans, along with a super group of other authors who all specialise in creative, playful education.

preschool activities

What you get in Three to Five: Playful Preschool

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Garden chalkboard puppets

Yesterday I was out in the garden, paint brush in hand, at 8.30 in the morning. Seizing the cool part of the day I refreshed our garden chalk board with a new coat of paint. In our Victorian house we have what used to be an outhouse which we now use as a garden shed. It’s wooden door is perfect as our garden blackboard. The girls use it to draw, doodle and send messages to each other. But with some extra paint left in the I wondered what we could find to use it up and we decided to re-vamp a few of our wooden blocks to make some garden chalkboard puppets. [Read more…]

Measuring with lego


I’ve written before about taking a child’s passion and using it as a way to explore different areas of play and learning. Here’s an idea for mixing in some maths – which we’re doing through the medium of Lego, but you can adapt it to suit whatever your child is interested in, be it cars, dinosaurs or shells.

Measuring with Lego

  • Gather your investigation equipment: clipboard, pencil and some Lego
  • Select your experiment: what would you like to measure? The size of everyone’s feet? The height of your sunflowers? The length of your dinosaurs?
  • Make an estimate: how many Lego blocks would it take to measure your foot? Mummy’s foot? Daddy’s foot? Let your child record their guesses on their clipboard. A group of children can interview each other and record everyone’s estimates to see who comes closest.
  • Get measuring: counting out in Lego bricks is great for fine motor skills, numbers and for having a visual representation children can see and compare. Make a tower as long as each child’s foot (or whatever you are measuring) – you could add a sticker so you know which tower belongs to each person. Then you can order the towers in ascending or descending order, and even transfer this to a bar chart graph if you want to.
  • Compare your results: compare your lego towers with your estimates and see how well you did.
  • Let your explorers loose: hand over the Lego and see what else they can measure.

An excellent resource of preschool activities, toghether with 10 printables. Includes math, literacy, art, science and play ideas for thre to fice year olds. Click through to download your copy.